What hooked me on [the characters] was that, as I met them, one after the other, I didn't like them--but as I continued reading, I started to care about them. ~Curtis HansonI agree wholeheartedly. For me, it's Ellroy's great skill as a writer. He creates these deplorable human beings, and then he gives you a reason to care for them, to root for them, to want to see them succeed, even if what it is they are doing is nothing but trouble. If you haven't seen LA Confidential, you'd best find a way. Right. Now. It's amazing.
The Death of Curtis Hanson Only Solidifies LA Confidential’s Legacy
There's a great article over at Zimbio about him, and it's well worth a read.